CITIZENS COMPASS– LAGOS State Government has deployed more body cameras for the perssonnel of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), to enhance transparency in traffic management and enforcement.
The event took place over the weekend during the visit of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Hon. Sola Giwa to the LASTMA headquarters at Oshodi, in Lagos.
The personnel pledged to keep the camera working for increased credibility and confidence in the delivering of effective traffic management and enforcement.
Explaining the reason behind the redeployment of the gadgets, the Special Adviser stated that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration has brought lots of technological innovations to address the transport challenges of the State of which the body camera was one, for accurate traffic management among many other benefits.
Expressingoptimism on the bodycam, Giwa further assured that it will provide accurate validation of any tale rendered by both the law enforcement officers and motorists, adding that the pictorial evidences will also help in investigating complaints lodged by aggrieved motorists.
On the operation of the camera, the LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba assured that the LASTMA personnel have been duly trained on the usage and so are capable of handling the gadget adding that the camera would have a significant effect on deviant behaviour on the road.
He further explained that the bodycam initiative is a win-win procedure for both the Law enforcement officers and motorists as the regular arguments on traffic laws violation will be put to rest through detailed recordings.
A LASTMA Officer who spoke on condition of anonymity at the gathering informed that what thrills his colleagues the most about the gadget is the fact that it provides another layer of security by dissuading would-be attackers from carrying out their heinous crimes knowing they would be captured by the bodycams.
It will be recalled that the Germany made body cameras which was launched in year 2021 by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu have been found to work effectively for 12 hours without a blink, as the battery life span is strong and durable for the use of the law enforcement officers.
While lauding the LASTMA Officers for their renewed commitment at ensuring the State continue to witness tremendous improved traffic management, the Transport Special Adviser thanked the entire LASTMA workforce for a warm welcome he received at the headquarters.